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8 days, 80+ river miles, 1 backpack, and some of Utah’s finest wilderness

I first laid eyes on Desolation canyon when I picked up a guide book for hiking while I was driving through Utah in 2008.  I sat in my truck flipping through the guide book after buying it and remember seeing the authors pictures.  The pictures said it all.  That was where I wanted to go.  It took me a year and change to finally do it but it was worth the wait.  Below are a select few of the photos I took while hiking this amazing piece of ground.  I will try to give somewhat of a short narrative of my hike while letting photos fill you in on the rest. Day 1.

A few miles later I got this great view looking down into nine mile canyon – This picture also showcases my Nice 6500 in digi-camo (every stitch of which was sewn by yours truly).

Finding this antler really felt like a good omen at the time. Below is an excerpt of my journal entry for the day.

October 20th 2009.

The mouth of maverick canyon… Almost ran out of water today – If I have to hike north from here will first try along river.  If bad … READ MORE >

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Prescribed Fire


What happens when you give 20 guys drip torches and tell them to burn as much as they can.

It’s early may in region 3 (Arizona and New Mexico for all you non-forest service folks) – this is the time of year you usually see big wildfires around here.   It’s hot and dry.  The season has been unusually slow though, which is strange since region 3 had an extremely dry winter.  I was expecting to get the call to go somewhere – like the Coronado in southern Arizona (where temp’s are usually above 90 and erratic winds usually make for some big fires)  or the Gila.

So when we found out we were going to go do a prescribed burn up near Hatch I was more than a little surprised.  I was shocked when I heard we were only going to be there for 1 shift. Usually when a hotshot crew does a prescribed burn we are there from start to finish not just for a little piece of it.  I was told we would be there for black-line operations and they would bring a heli-torch in to light the rest.  Black-lining is a process by which a crew will … READ MORE >

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